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Saturday - Martin Handley

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show.

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show.

As December progresses, plenty of festive music, requests and surprises.

Throughout December there's the Breakfast Advent Calendar - opening a door every day to reveal winter music and readings chosen by listeners and presenters.

As Christmas gets closer, listeners will have the chance to send a Breakfast Christmas Card by requesting a piece of music and dedicating it to a friend.

And in Your Call where we hear from our audience about their favourite pieces of music, there'll be the chance to introduce a favourite piece of music to the rest of the UK. In the run up to Christmas we'll be hearing about music that reminds listeners of the festive season.

2 hours

Music Played

  • John Philip Sousa

    The Liberty Bell

    Performer: Eastman Wind Ensemble Performer: Frederick Fennell (conductor)

    • Mercury 434 300-2.
  • Josef Strauss

    Die Schwätzerin ('The Gossip') – polka-mazurka, op.144

    Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Performer: Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

    • Decca 455 254-2.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E, K380

    Performer: Yuja Wang (piano)

    • DG 477 8795.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Overture to William Tell

    Performer: Chamber Orchestra of Europe Performer: Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • DG 431 653-2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Ellens dritter gesang (Ave Maria), D839

    Performer: Barbara Bonney (soprano) Performer: Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

    • Teldec 4509-90873-2.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Performer: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Performer: Marin Alsop (conductor)

    • Naxos 8.559031.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D minor for strings, RV 129 ('Madrigalesco')

    Performer: Concerto Italiano Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor)

    • Naïve OP 30377.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony no.3 in E flat, op.97 ('Rhenish') – first movement

    Performer: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Performer: John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • DG 457 5912.
  • George Butterworth

    Loveliest of Trees

    Performer: Christopher Maltman (tenor) Performer: Roger Vignoles (piano)

    • Hyperion CDA67378.
  • Paul Dukas

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Performer: James Levine (conductor)

    • DG 419 617-2.
  • Benjamin Britten

    I wonder as I wander

    Performer: Mark Padmore (tenor) Performer: Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    • Live performance – recorded at Wigmore Hall, London.
  • Arturo Márquez

    Danzón no.2

    Performer: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela Performer: Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

    • DG 477 9154.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846

    Performer: András Schiff (piano)

    • ECM 476 4827.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Christmas Oratorio, op.12 – Chorus: 'Quare fremuerunt gentes'

    Performer: Choir of the Church of the Holy Cross, Dresden Performer: Dresden Philharmonic Performer: Martin Flämig (conductor)

    • Capriccio 10 216.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Rondine for violin and piano

    Performer: Reka Szilvay (violin) Performer: Naoko Ichihashi (piano)

    • TBC.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in A, K386

    Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano) Performer: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Performer: Petra Müllejans (leader/director)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 902147.


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